Strong sales to academic researchers are helping companies that provide mice, rats, and other model organisms for research weather the global economic crisis, despite a downturn in demand from pharma and biotech.
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At the linkurl:Jackson Laboratory,; a non-profit mouse supplier in Bar Harbor, Maine, overall demand is down by "single digits," Auro Nair, associate general manager of linkurl:JAX Mice & Services,; told __The Scientist__. "But single digits are still significant when you look at the overall situation" for a non-profit that needs to balance its books. The Jackson Laboratory offers thousands of different mouse strains for research purposes. The vast majority of these are specialty strains that only a select few academic investigators request in any given year. "We have not seen any significant volume change on that particular side of our business," Nair said. But the organization also sells around 30 to 40...

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